A unique brand of Yukon-based Funk.
Tight, passionate grooves that make you move.
"Make no mistake, Major Funk and the Employment is a big band with a big sound and big plans." -Ken Bolton (What's Up Yukon)
"Probably the most danceable band I can think of." -Angela Drainville, AAMF Producer (Yukon News)
Major Funk and the Employment is a hard-working group of dedicated musicians whose collective ambition is to deliver high quality danceables to the people. Founded in Whitehorse in 2014 by bassist Etienne Girard, the band mixes a strong and steadfast rhythm section with a colourful collection of guitars, horns, keyboards, and passionate vocals. Characterized by What's Up Yukon as “quirky but really smooth", Major Funk has gotten crowds grooving across Western Canada with their big, unique, and funky sound, creating a vibrant and rambunctious party atmosphere at every step along the way. Their live album “Hot Off The Floor” showcases their infectious live energy, eclectic style, and superb musicianship. With their first studio effort "Thoughts EP" (Summer 2018), Major Funk and the Employment continue to bring their tight, bass-driven tunes to enthusiastic audiences far and wide.
About Thoughts EP:
After two successful live recordings (2016's Hot Off The Floor and 2017's Live at Jazz in the Hall), Thoughts EP marks Major Funk and the Employment's first studio effort. Recorded locally over the course of a month at Green Needle Records, the album showcases the Whitehorse-based band's big and unique sound. Funky, passionate, and very danceable, the five track EP blends the high energy of their live show with tasteful production elements. With contributions from nine band members and a feature from Whitehorse-based rapper DASH (Daniel Ashley), Thoughts EP features outstanding musicianship from start to finish; spirited vocals, screaming horns, and soaring guitars, all anchored by a tight, bass-driven rhythm section.
The Major Funk roster:
Etienne Girard (bass), Selina Heyligers Hare (keys and vocals), Adrian Burrill (trumpet and vocals), Lee Campese (drums), Brent Gallant (guitar), Andrew MacKelvie (saxophone), David Dugas (guitar), Glen Emond (guitar), Fiona Solon (vocals), Olivier de Colombel (saxophone), Fred Osson (saxophone and vocals), Andrea McColeman (keys).
Together, Major Funk and the Employment take pride in making people dance, with their infectious and inimitable sound to create incendiary performances.